Sport SEN Newsletter – July 2019

Welcome to July’s Sport SEN newsletter.


Showcase the Street recently opened a new Virtual Reality Centre in its Dundee-based sports and arts facility and through this development has already been able to gain wider investment for projects in education, employment and health. Showcase has recently gained funding to create a new employability skills VR experience for young people wishing to find out more about working in the hospitality sector, this is being developed in partnership with Abertay University in Dundee who are world leaders in their Computer Gaming courses. There are real opportunities within VR and Showcase would be keen to hold a meeting with other interested charities to see how their use of VR could be widened to other areas. The visit would include a look at the new facility, some VR experiences to understand what can be offered, examples of current work in the area around social impact and the chance to discuss partnerships or supporting set ups in other areas. Contact Fergus Storrier on if you’re interested.


Any social enterprises involved in social prescribing should be aware that a new Scottish Parliament inquiry is seeking views on the matter. The Health & Sport Committee will consider social prescribing with a specific focus on sport and physical activity. One of the main aims of the inquiry is to establish to what extent does a social prescription increase sustained participation in sport and physical activity. The call for evidence closes 30th August. Find out more.

Firstport has launched its Social Innovation Competition 2019 and is now looking for entrants with “ground-breaking ideas that are tackling some of Scotland’s most pressing social issues”. The Social Innovation Competition offers three £5000 awards, combined with tailored support to refine and develop these ideas. The theme of this year’s competition is individuals affected by disability’ – successful entries will involve ideas and solutions that support individuals directly affected by disability, as well as those indirectly affected, such as carers and family members. See details and apply.

The next online #SportHour conversation will take place on Monday 5 August from 9-10pm, focussing on the theme of sporting connections. Six questions have been listed in advance, covering topics such as forming effective partnerships, making sport more accessible and increasing participation. You can tweet your answers to @sportscotland and then join in the debate on the night to see what answers come up. Find out more about how to participate here.

Scottish Sports Futures has developed a few training modules for organisations that are delivering sport and physical activity. They can offer one of these modules free to organisations which satisfy their funding criteria. The ECT training modules are available to staff, volunteers and young leaders who work with young people through sport and physical activity. There are six modules in total: Working with young people in sport; human connection; planning effective physical activity programmes; communication; goal setting; and conflict resolution. See ETC training leaflet for more details, and contact to discuss further.

Following a series of workshops, sportscotland has shared a useful social media and communications guide for sports organisations. The guide offers pointers on basics such as understanding your audience and selecting an appropriate social media channel to tell your story. Workshop slides for increasing parental engagement and mental health have also been shared.

Impact Funding Partners is pleased to announce that the Workplace Equality Fund will be open for applications from Wednesday 31st July 2019. The fund aims to work with employers to address long standing barriers particular groups face in entering and progressing in the labour market so that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Information sessions will be held throughout August in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. See details and register.

Members News

This year’s Homeless World Cup has kicked off in Cardiff, which will see 500 players who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion take part in a week-long tournament. The tournament aims to bring about positive change for the participants, as well as raising awareness about housing insecurity worldwide. You can catch up with the latest updates and highlights through their twitter channel.

Fife-based SEN member Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club has been given a boost after it was awarded a Young Start grant of £42,803. Kingdom Off Road helps reduce levels of youth offending in the Fife area by providing employability pathways through a programme of off-road motorcycling activities. The funding will be used to combine off-road motorcycle coaching with teaching young people valuable life skills. Read more here.

Street Soccer celebrated its 10th birthday at the Tony Macaroni Arena in Livingston with a summer festival of football. There were 24 teams from across Scotland participating in the event, with Porty FC from Edinburgh eventually coming out on top. Several further football festivals are planned throughout September, featuring live DJs, lunch, challenges and prizes. See details and register your team.


The Scottish Women in Sports annual conference will be taking place on Wednesday 21 August in Edinburgh. The event, sponsored by sportscotland, will focus on the power of sport and the “vibrant agenda that now surrounds this strand of sport in Scotland”. Attendees will hear SAMH about the impact of sport, as well as contributions from the Kelly Homes Trust, Street Soccer and the Spirit of 2012. See more information and book your place here.

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